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#1048

If Covid Doesn't Kill You, Something Else Will

There are only a few ways that all people are really and truly equal. Perhaps the most important is that when we die, we will all be equally dead. Here's one simple tip to help you make the most of your life while you still can.

SUN, 20 SEP 2020
ORDINARY TIME, 25TH SUNDAY (A)
#1047

Remember to Keep Holy the Sabbath Day

The third commandment tell us to keep Sunday holy. That means to spend the day worshipping God and renewing our spirits. It doesn’t end with Sunday Mass, but worshiping God in church is a good place to start. Let me tell you why.

SUN, 13 SEP 2020
ORDINARY TIME, 24TH SUNDAY (A)
#1046

Want to Love All People? Then Start Here

Loving all people sounds easy until I realize that Donald Trump is my brother and Kamala Harris is my sister. Even our biological siblings can be hard to love. Fortunately, Jesus has a gift for you that will help you love them as He loves them.

SUN, 6 SEP 2020
ORDINARY TIME, 23RD SUNDAY (A)
#1045

When Life Feels Like a Cross

New parishes, new life, same old crosses. We dream of being the perfect Christian and wonder why we keep failing and falling. But God didn’t call you to be the perfect Christian. He called you to join Jesus on the way of the cross.

SUN, 30 AUG 2020
ORDINARY TIME, 22ND SUNDAY (A)
#1044

Peter Has the Key to Being a Good Steward

We all have gifts. Are you using your gifts to build yourself a nice tomb? You will be able to build up others when your life is built firmly on the rock that is Jesus Christ.

MON, 24 AUG 2020
ORDINARY TIME, 21ST SUNDAY (A)
#1043

When God Doesn't Answer Your Prayer

We have a tendency to pull away when God doesn’t seem to answer our prayers. Instead, draw closer to him with humility and humor. God is listening, and he does care. He just wants to give you even more than you’re asking for.

SUN, 16 AUG 2020
ORDINARY TIME, 20TH SUNDAY (A)
#1042

Where Is She Going?

This feast day answers the two great questions of our lives: Where are we going? How do we get there? Mary shows us the four virtues we have to live in order to draw closer to Heaven. Mary is happy to help you walk to eternity.

SAT, 15 AUG 2020
SOLEMNITY OF THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
#1041

What the Still Small Voice Said

I start a new assignment while covid rages. In the midst of the storms of our lives, the still small voice says to us: “Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid.”

SUN, 9 AUG 2020
ORDINARY TIME, 19TH SUNDAY (A)
#1040

Riding the Merry-go-Round Without Getting Dizzy

Ordinary 17 - So much to do and so little time. How do we keep from getting dizzy? King Solomon asks God for a change of heart. I needed the same change of heart in order to survive a crazy assignment that was much too big for me. Now it’s your turn.

SUN, 26 JUL 2020
ORDINARY TIME, 17TH SUNDAY (A)
#1039

Do This Before You Kick the Bucket

Ordinary 16 - After years of dreaming, I finally paddled my kayak from Oconto to Door County. You have been equipped for the journey to Eternal Life. But are you moving in the right direction?

MON, 20 JUL 2020
ORDINARY TIME, 16TH SUNDAY (A)
#1038

Roundup for the Soul

Ordinary 15 - Let the seeds of print, mass-media, and bad example grow in your heart and you will turn out like Alessandro Serenelli. If the good seed of God’s word grows in your heart, you will become like Maria Goretti. What is growing in you heart?

MON, 13 JUL 2020
ORDINARY TIME, 15TH SUNDAY (A)
#1037

O Jesus, I surrender myself to You, take care of everything!

Ordinary 14 - America became and independent nation because the colonies were interdependent on one another. In a similar way, we can only find true independence when we depend on God and support one another.

SUN, 5 JUL 2020
ORDINARY TIME, 14TH SUNDAY (A)
#1036

The Lost Art of Hospitality

Ordinary 13 - Hospitality turns strangers into friends. I was blessed by your welcome and I hope you were blessed by my presence. As the Diocese moves priests, welcome the new priest as Christ. Today in the Eucharist, Christ welcomes you.

SUN, 28 JUN 2020
ORDINARY TIME, 13TH SUNDAY (A)
#1035

Pilgrims Experience the Father's Care

Ordinary 12 — God is not a deadbeat Dad! On our walking pilgrimage we experienced his care in water, weather, and custard. God loves you, hears you, and cares for you. Pray for men to reflect the fatherhood of God.

SUN, 21 JUN 2020
ORDINARY TIME, 12TH SUNDAY (A)
#1034

Finally We Can Be Together in Flesh and Blood

Corpus Christi - For 12 weeks we could only be together virtually. Now we can be together in flesh and blood. God desires to be with you in the flesh, so he created the Eucharist. Don’t just take Communion; enter into Communion with the God who loves you.

SUN, 14 JUN 2020
CORPUS CHRISTI (A)
#1033

How to Sew America Back Together

Trinity - How should we respond to the protests, racism, and injustice that are tearing America apart? The Packers show us the way to listen and stand together. The Trinity is willing to welcome us, should we not welcome others?

SUN, 7 JUN 2020
TRINITY SUNDAY (A)
#1032

Cherish the Gift of the Holy Spirit

Pentecost - The Holy Spirit calls us back to our true identity as children of God the Father, members of the Body of Christ, and temples of the Holy Spirit. Don’t just receive Communion; cherish Him and hold tight to the Holy Spirit and the Sacred Heart.

SUN, 31 MAY 2020
PENTECOST (A)
#1031

Let Me Share With You My Finest Achievement

Easter, Ascension - My greatest achievements weren’t my achievements, they were OUR achievements. Jesus is the Head of the Body. That means He is closer to you than when He walked on earth. Ask for a deeper connection with Jesus your head.

TUE, 26 MAY 2020
ASCENSION OF THE LORD (A)
#1030

Tears of Gratitude

Easter 6 - Today I have to tell my parishioners that my journey with them will end in August, when I will begin a new journey with the three parishes in Antigo as their pastor. I am grateful for the blessings of this assignment. I bow to the Jesus in you.

SUN, 17 MAY 2020
EASTER, 6TH SUNDAY (A)
#1029

You Have a Place Prepared for You

Easter 5 - You are chosen and precious and have a place prepared for you in Heaven. Holy Mother Church will birth you into eternal life and Jesus will be there to catch you. Jesus has a place prepared for you; do you have a place prepared for Jesus?

SUN, 10 MAY 2020
EASTER, FIFTH SUNDAY (A)
#1028

Why Should God Bless America?

National Day of Prayer - What do we have to repent of? We are guilty of valuing things more than people. Do we use the first day of the week to honor God or do we spend it on ourselves? God will bless America when America blesses God.

THU, 7 MAY 2020
#1027

What Did Jesus Mean When He Said I Am The Gate?

Easter 4 - The shepherd would lay in the gap, himself the gate to protect the sheep from the wolves. He does not promise the sheep that their lives will be free of thieves and robbers, only that if they stay close to the Shepherd, they will be safe.

SUN, 3 MAY 2020
EASTER, 4TH SUNDAY (A)
#1026

God Promised to Handle All My Problems then This Happened

Easter 3 - I dropped my “God will handle your problems” mug and the handle broke right off. Did God let me down? No! Our struggles and sufferings are a participation in the Paschal Mystery. You walked with Jesus and now he walks with you. God’s got this!

SUN, 26 APR 2020
EASTER, 3RD SUNDAY (A)
#1025

Where Do You Find Signs of New Life?

Easter 2 - We find peace, not when things change ‘out there’, but when our hearts change. We need to realize the depth of God’s love for us. The trials we are suffering are preparing us for new life. Let Jesus put his finger in your wounds.

SUN, 19 APR 2020
EASTER, DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY (A)
#1024

This Blood Donor Stopped a Pandemic

Easter - Jesus offered his blood so that we could be freed from the pandemic of sin. Today he invites you to live a new life in Him. We need to die to our old selves and rise again every year, every week, and indeed, every day. Happy Easter!

SUN, 12 APR 2020
EASTER SUNDAY OF THE RESURRECTION OF THE LORD
#1023

I Thirst for You

Good Friday - We have been unfaithful to God, but God has remained faithful to us. Hanging on the cross, rejected by his people, abandoned by his friends, Jesus thirsts for you — for your faith and love. Come and receive living water from his open side.

FRI, 10 APR 2020
GOOD FRIDAY OF THE LORD'S PASSION
#1022

O Sacraments That Are Not Most Holy

Holy Thursday - Many Catholics see the Eucharist as basically the only presence of God in the world. This is not true. All of creation is a sacrament. Human beings especially reveal and embody God’s love. Ask Jesus to open your eyes to God’s love!

FRI, 10 APR 2020
HOLY THURSDAY, MASS OF THE LORD'S SUPPER
#1021

How to Stand Firm When the World is Shaken

Palm Sunday - The earth shakes, the guards shake, the disciples’ faith is shaken. But Jesus stands firmly rooted in prayer. Make time to pray every day. When your world is shaken, have confidence that nothing can shake God’s love for you.

SUN, 5 APR 2020
LENT, PALM SUNDAY (A)
#1020

Spring Training: Bring Out Your Dead Dreams

Lent 5 - Jesus weeps for you. He cares about what you are suffering, but he also has a better plan than the hopes and dreams that have died. Trust your friend Jesus. Start preparing now for that moment when Jesus will call you by name: Friend, Come Out!

SUN, 29 MAR 2020
LENT, 5TH SUNDAY (A)
#1019

Spring Training: How to See the World Through God's Eyes

Lent 4 - Jesus opens the eyes of the blind man. His family and the leaders refuse to see what he sees. Do you want to see as God sees? Then learn the four steps relational prayer: Acknowledge, Relate, Receive, Respond.

SUN, 22 MAR 2020
ORDINARY TIME, 4TH SUNDAY (A)
#1018

Spring Training: Social Distancing

Lent 3 - The woman at the well is practicing “social distancing.” She has distanced herself from others but Jesus is still close to her. Her habits and relationships haven’t satisfied her, but Jesus does. He is waiting to satisfy you.

SUN, 15 MAR 2020
LENT, 3RD SUNDAY (A)

Spring Training: Your Coach is a Star

FRI, 6 MAR 2020
LENT, 2ND SUNDAY (A)
#1017

Spring Training: Listen to Your Coach

Lent 1 - How do we know it’s really God speaking to us? St Ignatius helps us understand that when we are moving towards God, the good spirit encourages us and the bad spirit tries to discourage us. If it’s Jesus calling, say Yes. Ignore the other voices.

MON, 2 MAR 2020
LENT, 1ST SUNDAY (A)
#1016

Lent: Spring Training for your Soul

Ash Wednesday - You are called to be a saint, not a spiritual slacker. To live as Jesus lived you’ll need to be a giver, a person of prayer, and sacrifice joyfully. It’s not going to be easy so expect to be uncomfortable. Welcome to spring training!

WED, 26 FEB 2020
ASH WEDNESDAY
#1015

Lent is Like Learning to Kayak Upside-Down

Ordinary 7 - Jack saw God in others, and others saw God in him. Jesus calls us to a complete love, including even our enemies. Learn to face your fears. Learn to be OK with being uncomfortable. And you will find the strength to love even your enemies.

SUN, 23 FEB 2020
ORDINARY TIME, 7TH SUNDAY (A)
#1014

Do You Hear the People Sing at Your Final Curtain Call?

Ordinary 6 - Accept your Father’s lordship by following His commandments. Make Sunday Mass a priority in your life. Accept your Father’s help by nurturing the Holy Spirit with daily prayer. We must all face the music. Do you hear the people sing?

SUN, 16 FEB 2020
ORDINARY TIME, 6TH SUNDAY (A)
#1013

A Life Lived for Others

Ordinary 5 - Our political system rewards those who build themselves up and pull others down. But St. Paul and Dr. Nakamura show us a different way. God has blessed us so that we can be a blessing to others. Give and serve generously this week.

SUN, 9 FEB 2020
ORDINARY TIME, 5TH SUNDAY (A)
#1012

Even More to be Grateful For

Presentation of the Lord (February 2) - I have been filling my Gratitude Jar every week. It makes me see more things to be grateful for. God’s light is always shining even with things on dark. Focus on God’s light and you will be filled with light.

SUN, 2 FEB 2020
FEAST OF THE PRESENTATION OF THE LORD
#1011

Light Up Your World with the Love of Jesus

Ordinary 3 - Jesus is the Light of the World. He enters the Temple on the feast of the presentation and two old people greet him. Brenda welcomed the Light and it began to shine within her. Welcome Jesus and you too will be a light in the darkness.

SUN, 26 JAN 2020
ORDINARY TIME, 3RD SUNDAY (A)
#1010

A Life Without Jesus is Pointless

Ordinary 2 -You will not begin to truly live until you have found something, or someone, worth dying for. The earlier missionaries and martyrs of La Florida were willing to die for Christ. Jesus is the point. A life that doesn’t point to Him is pointless.

MON, 20 JAN 2020
ORDINARY TIME, 2ND SUNDAY (A)
#1009

Soaking in the Love of God

Baptism of the Lord (A) Part 1 - Jesus gives himself to us in Holy Communion. One way of doing this is called intinction. Part 2 - Jesus is baptized for us. We need to soak in God’s love so that it will squish out everywhere we go.

SUN, 12 JAN 2020
BAPTISM OF THE LORD (A)
#1008

Return Home by Another Way

Epiphany (TEC Retreat Homily) The wise men teach us that a relationship with Jesus is the most important thing. How can we life a different life after retreat? By focusing on God whether things are good or bad. Mary will help. *SORRY POOR RECORDING*

SUN, 5 JAN 2020
THE EPIPHANY OF THE LORD
#1007

A Jar Full of Christmas Joy

January 1 - Mary had the most deep personal relationship with God that we can imagine. She wants to help make our hearts, and homes, like hers. This year write down a weekly blessing and store it in a quart jar. Ponder God’s gifts in your heart.

WED, 1 JAN 2020
THE OCTAVE OF CHRISTMAS & THE SOLEMNITY OF MARY THE MOTHER OF GOD
#1006

Want More Peace in Your Family? Do This One Thing

Holy Family - All that family togetherness over Christmas probably taught you that you’re not the Holy Family. What was their secret? Jesus was obedient to his earthly parents, and Mary was obedient to Joseph, because Joseph was obedient to God.

SUN, 29 DEC 2019
HOLY FAMILY OF JESUS, MARY, AND JOSEPH (A)
#1005

This Year Elves Put Up My Christmas Tree

Christmas - We hide from the darkness of our past and our fears. Jesus comes to be your friend, a friend who is the Light. He loves you and wants a relationship with you. What do you have to do? Just leave the door unlocked!

WED, 25 DEC 2019
CHRISTMAS DAY
#1004

All He Wants for Christmas is You

Advent 4 - God offers the gift of a relationship with Himself. Joseph welcomes the Christ Child even though it totally changes his plans. Are you willing to let friendship with God be the most important thing in your life?

SUN, 22 DEC 2019
ADVENT, 4TH SUNDAY (A)
#1003

What is the Reason for the Season? The Answer Will Surprise You

Advent 3 - Jesus comes to rescue us from lies of the Enemy. God has not abandoned you. Your sinfulness is the reason for the season. We can trust God. If your Advent season has proven your need for a savior, then Rejoice, because the Lord is near.

SUN, 15 DEC 2019
ADVENT, 3RD SUNDAY (A)
#1002

Are You a Victim of Identity Theft?

Advent 2 - The Devil is a creature made by God. He became evil when he rebelled against God. His lies cause the human race to mistrust God and disobey Him. We have become enslaved by forces of Sin and Death. And we can do nothing to free ourselves.

SUN, 8 DEC 2019
ADVENT, 2ND SUNDAY (A)
#1001

Searching in the Darkness for Your True Identity

Advent 1 — We searched for an hour to find a dead deer in the dark woods. Eventually the blood trail led us to the deer. Not only do we live in God’s creation, but we are God’s creation! Follow the Blood of Jesus to find your true identity.

SUN, 1 DEC 2019
ADVENT, 1ST SUNDAY (A)